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108 Earthly Desires of a Dark-Hearted Man is an updated and revised debut in English of the author's first novel originally published in Gujarati, his native language. It is set in the spring of 1990, during a border crisis between India and Pakistan, and is an interpretation of actual historical events. A top spy for RAW, India's equivalent of the CIA, is sent to end the critical situation, one that nearly resulted in the world's first nuclear war. The spy, a complex man, spiritually ambitious but hopelessly licentious, manages to mishandle his morally repugnant personal life while trying to save the world from disaster. There are comic elements as well as serious drama in this behind-the-scenes look at international intrigue.